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Grateful Dead Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum on 1980-06-12

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Grateful Dead Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum on 1980-06-12

Topics Live concert

Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, Peggy-O-> El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, Cassidy, Far From Me, Althea-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Drums-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Portland Memorial Coliseum
Location Portland, OR

Source Audience Recording
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AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy


Reviewer: JKSparky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2013
Subject: Sailor lyric for Skobud
Hi Skobud,

Nice review and well stated. The "dark Star" reference in Sailor is actually "dog star". It's a reference to a star that sailors used to navigate, I believe in the southern hemesphere. In the song the sailor is lost and cannot find his way: "where is the dog star?" I did not know this for years and it too bugged me. I love the song though. For me it's got that lush sound at the begining that alway got me when it would start. God I miss seeing them.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2013
Subject: --
Being a St. Helens-area resident myself, I'm going to leave alone all that Fire on the Mountain voodoo and concentrate on a show review:

Set 1 - well-played, but like many first sets from '80 there isn't too much that sticks to the bone here. A single listen may do you all right, but it's not a keeper.

Set 2 - Ah, that S>F magic....Jer loses his way with the lyrics a few times but they really power it up for the latter part - check how he "begins" the song halfway through with that familiar wah-wah riff - this one has, yes, VOLCANO written all over it (OK, couldn't resist just a single jab at the eruption).

Estimated has a cool follow-up jam, ending a pre-drums set that is pretty awesome; NFA and Black Peter rather rule post-drums.

So, a shrug-your-shoulders first set, but that second one is a nice keeper - Drums>S>F>Estimated is where it's at. Great sounding AUD, too! -
Reviewer: sandeen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2013
Subject: My 36th Show
My friend gave me a ticket to celebrate my graduation from UC Berkeley. I found it to be a great show, especially FOTM! When we walked out, the 'rain' felt very weird. In a second, I realized it was dry! Ash, not rain! It fell for hours after the show. Next day we drove to Seattle. After the show, someone took the phone off the hook...I missed my wake up call...saw my plane fly away, missing grad, why not go to Spokane? What a trip!
Reviewer: Skobud - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2012
Subject: Good, not great show
Ill start by saying that I rarely, if ever, listen to anything from ’80. Its kinda weird because I have no problem with ’80, I just never seem to select it. At any rate, I thought this show was pretty damn good. Brent sounds great and everyone seems to be pretty much in sync this evening. If they actually knew about Mt. St Helens, I sure couldn’t tell. The crowd, as usual, absolutely loved this one as well. The source was great and the vibe was awesome.

They kick this one off with a bang, ripping right into a smoking Alabama>Promised Land opener that fired the house right up nicely. Nice little opener right there boys, sweet! Next up Jerry slows it down with Peggy-O after a few technical difficulties, and this one was just a touch quicker than I prefer. I really liked it though, and Jerry’s voice sounds nice and smooth this evening. Well done and flows nicely. I can tell I already like the feel of this show. Nothing crazy goin on yet they seem totally at ease tonight – and I love that shit. Bobby comes out with El Paso next and Jerry is literally all over the map. His noodling seems a bit faster than normal and there is something different about Bobby’s rhythm as well. Start is a little off but they finish strong for sure. Respectable version for sure right there. BEW is pretty standard, but respectable as well. Again, a touch quick, but no too fast. Cassidy comes up next, and this is the best playing I have heard so far this evening. Brent’s harmonies are a really nice accompaniment to Bobby – especially when he is not turned up too much. Really nice bit o’ jamminess to this one as well. Quick, but still very good. They shoulda kept that vibe goin for a while – that abbreviated finish kinda sucked. Sounded like Jerry was just getting goin’. Brent rolls out Far From Me next, which I’m not a huge fan of, but this one was not too bad. He sounds strong and it was well played. Althea>Sailor>Saint up next, and I really liked Althea. Thought Jerry sounded great. Sailor I generally have hang-ups about – and I think most of it stems from using Dark Star in the lyrics. That just pisses me off for some reason. AND, the song is kinda cheesey imo. Saint is always enjoyable, and Bobby does this one justice. Nothing off the charts, but good none then less. Standard issue Deal with some serious nutiness towards the end closes out the set and that is that.

I like this show so far and just sounds like it was fun to be there. Its more of a Rock and Roll show without the trippyness from years before or speedball express that would be coming in the next few years. I think it might just be the period as well. Even with a few songs I didn’t really care for, I dug this first set. Damn good listen. The boys sound in sync and are playing well.

Second set starts out with Drums for a couple minutes, and then they find there way into the second set opener which is actually the entire set - Scarlet Begonias> Fire On The Mountain> Estimated Prophet> Drums> Not Fade Away> Black Peter> Around & Around> Good Lovin. Scarlet comes on strong and when Jerry starts his soloin’ he sounds like he’s having just a touch of trouble with feedback and whatnot, but once that shit is straightened out – it’s a little off again and on again, and he does quite a bit of screwing around lower on the register which is pretty unique. By the second verse the crowd is in an absolute frenzy. He then beefs it up with a little wah for good measure, and then switches back and forth which was also pretty cool. This one definitely grows on you about half way through. Pretty furious little extended jam from Jer towards the end which morphs into a very nice little version of Fire. Kinda cool little transition as it was short, Jerry was flying at the end of Scarlet – and then just dropped in to that phat reggae groove. Jerry is doing some great stuff that I haven’t really heard before this show tonight. He’s doing like this light speed playing thing, for like a minute, then laying totally off, and then jumping right back and blasting away. Nice job hippy. This one is ramping nicely. Back to the beefcake wah, back to the speedy nuttiness, and we are ready for our next transition into Estimated, which actually, was no transition at all. Anyhow, Estimated fires up and you can hear Brent barely on top of Jerry’s licks, which in general, really gets under my skin. In this case however, Brent gets a pass for his remarkable playing and trading with Jerry a little further down the line. This is definitely a Brent heavy Estimated, and its also one of the better Brent era Estimated’s I have heard. They work this one almost like a Dark Star where they basically take you all the way down to nothing, start spacing a little, and then work their way out. Great freakin job boys! Wow, this one’s got some oomph for damn sure! Really, really nice work from Brent here, some of his best this reviewer has ever heard. They do a little spacin’ out here with a jump into drums, and from there they fuse it right into NFA after doing an almost Fire sounding tease. Very cool turn they take when they finally go full on NFA. Very funky start to this one, never really heard one like it before. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this one slow, but it is a little slower – and Jerry comes on with a BANG after the first go round. Nice patient soloing and a great feel. This one is awesome. Very unique. Really nicely jammed on the way out as well. This melts right into a wonderful Peter. Jerry tells this tale with all the emotion you could want, and the crowd just eats it up. Its kinda funny cause the crowd tries to clap along with the slow time and keeps missing(you guys know how hard that shit is to do while dosed ), but to their credit they keep it up for most of the tune. Nice Peter right there! Really liked that one. Round and Round is up next and is pretty standard, and they finish this one off with a full tilt Good Lovin’. The encore is JBG(ehh) and that is that.

Thoughts on this one as a whole….The second set was much better than the first with some unique jamming I have not really heard anything like before, especially during Fire, Estimated and NFA. The first set had its moments also (Alabama>Promised Land, Cassidy), but nothing to out of the ordinary I suppose - yet still very good. I really enjoyed this show. It was a great listen and it just plain sounded like a good time. I love shows like this where everything just seems to flow so well. It may not have had so many highs, yet it maintained a great vibe the whole time. They really did not reach too awful far this evening, yet they were definitely not off either. I am recommending this show and I am giving it a solid B+. Yet another great show to play the non GD fan who is interested in the sound.
Reviewer: GHoltz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 25, 2010
Subject: USGS - Fire on the Mountain - eruption timing
At 7:05 p.m. on June 12, a plume of ash billowed 2.5 miles (4 km) above the volcano. At 9:09 p.m. a much stronger explosion sent an ash column about 10 miles (16 km) skyward.[32] This event caused the Portland area, previously spared by wind direction, to be thinly coated with ash in the middle of the annual Rose Festival.[33] A dacite dome then oozed into existence on the crater floor, growing to a height of 200 feet (60 m) and a width of 1,200 feet (370 m) within a week.[32]

I was not there, but this one gets five stars...just because .....
Reviewer: enlightenedchuffer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: outstanding estimated & NFA
If nothing else, check out 3:13-5:17 and 12:20-15:56 of Estimated for some playful insanity and proof that the boys were ON that nite.

The funkified NFA is not to be missed either.

4 star audience show overall.
Reviewer: J.LEE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: ASH
Reviewer: NoyoWharfRat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2007
Subject: Let's put the ash story to bed
The mountain had been erupting since March of 1980. Numerous times it did cough up some ash. I have friends down the Toutle River that got the horrific flood after the May 18th shindig. For the full story go to the Wikipedia article and read through the lineage or call Harry Truman on the ether phone and ask him what it was like to have the lake and trees come through his windows.

This is a great show, I think. I just finished DL'ing it and burning a couple copies.

Jerry's "on", and the rest of the band is on the same page. Really like the Not Fade Away. Wish I coulda' been there.

Most of my Oregon shows were at Autzen Stadium, which was cool because Kesey was there allot.

Reviewer: athiker90 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2007
Subject: I was there...
.. and it really did rain ash. Every vehicle in the parking lot was covered with a quarter inch of dark gray volcanic mud. I was crying at one point during the show. Not sure why, maybe the realization that something so beautiful would end, some day. That happened 15 years later.

I have this concert on cassette tape but this recording is possibly better.
Reviewer: Garcia/Kimock Fanatic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2006
Subject: Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who is the taper? Phenomenal job brother! This sounds almost as good as 11/29/80. But I like this show just as much. Check out the huge versions of BEW and Cassidy in the 1st set. Second set what the boys were all about...amazing live music at its best! One hell of a show!!!

I do not know enough about all the Mount St. Helen eruptions and the timing of them. I was only 6 years old at the time of this show. All I can say is, it's tough to beat 1980 Grateful Dead music. Keep the great AUDs coming!!!
Reviewer: BustedFlat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2006
Subject: nice AUD but...
A great show that fits nicely on two discs with the encore on disc one. Crank up the bass a bit, otherwise a very nice AUD. Brown Eyed and Deal are the first set highlights for me.As for the second Fire kicks ass, Estimated is fantastic. A greta addition to anyone's Early 80s collection.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2006
Subject: Great second set
Nothing special about the first set, but an awesome Scarlet-> Fire On The Mountain-> Estimated Prophet, especially after Prophet. Extended jams that really go some interesing places. The jam out of drums into Not Fade Away is also great. A decent audience recording, as well.

I was living in Seattle at this time. (Didn't see this show.) Seattle had several "snowfalls" of ash. The were erruptions on May 18, May 25, June 12, July 22, and October 16-18. The guy who called someone a liar obviously wasn't there, and obviously didn't bother to check the facts.
Reviewer: zetetic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2006
Subject: fire on the mountain - yes
So glad to locate this show as we were there and it was AWESOME.

Still have somewhere a film can of ash from Mt. St. Helens that I collected off my car the next morning.

Believe it!

Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2005
Subject: Been looking forward to this...
Awesome BE Women, Cassidy, Althea, but the Scarlet>Fire is a whopper - truly unbelievable. Great run I had seen them a month earlier on the East Coast and they were definately up.
Reviewer: mannixprettypeggy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2005
Subject: For the record
I have not listened to the recording yet. However, I have been searching for it for some time and am glad to have located it because it was one of my favorite shows of all time (say of 50ish shows). As for venue, definitely the Coliseum. I stayed in the hotel right across the street (and was a bit of a regular there in those days). As for whether it was "snowing" ash when people exited the show, not! I went with my friend Larry to a nearby bar for a postshow beer only to find everyone watching the tv. On the tube was a map of the area which showed the mountain and the path of the ash plume. As the newscaster predicted, the ash began to fall sometime later. We stocked up on beer and headed back to the hotel. However, we were too twisted (does this cast my entire account in doubt? I hope not) to use the covered parking and the next morning found my car covered in a grey glop. Thankfully, it had rained during the night (no surprise since it was the Northwest) and we were able to drvie back to Seattle for the show the next night (which was also amazing). By the way, I long thought (and wanted to believe) that the mountain erupted during FOTM. Recently, I received a book as a gift from my youngest daughter, basically a chronological history of the Dead on a show by show basis. Very cool. According to this book, that is exactly what happened. Cheers. Uh-Oh. Look out. Mannix. Pretty peggy.
Reviewer: UncleJohn1962 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2005
Subject: What a show...
Drove over 1000 miles from LA to see this show, and camped in line to be one of the first handful of people to get inside. After the first four songs or so I was danced out - and streching it already. When I left the show I thought it was snowing, and luckily, I only drove less than 10 miles to get a motel, rather than try to drive to the upcoming Seattle show. Seeing as how my dad lent me his best car, I'm glad I didn't try to get to Seattle. Rumor had it that a guy started for Seattle and burned up a Porsche motor. Just the other day there was a special on TV about Mt St Helens and they explained what would happen if a Jet Airplane flew through that ash - "it's like finely chopped glass" - great for an engine.
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2005
...or perhaps not try so hard. No need to acuse anyone of lying.
Love this show. Still feeling the aftershocks.
Reviewer: veggidog2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: do your homework
or you might sound like a complete tool.....calling people liars???? DOH!!

great show!! rich in history, "myth", and magic. good aud. recording as well. 5+
Reviewer: thegraphicsguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2005
Subject: It is True
Bob Wier stopped and mentioned the irony. It was the second eruption and it was indeed at the coliseum.
Reviewer: Gr8ful Ted - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2005
Subject: Historical reference is correct
While wetry makes a point that the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens DID occur on May 18, 1980, there were two follow up eruptions in that caused significant ashfall shortly thereafter. I came out of the venue (which I remember to be the Paramount and not the coliseum), to find what I though was snow falling. It was actaully ash. I am thankful it didn't ruin our car engine on the 20-mile drive home. I remember looking at my watch at the beginning of Fire and noting the time. When I got home and watched the news, it was obvious the mountain blew about 5 minutes or so into Fire on the Mountain.
Reviewer: wetry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2005
Subject: Yeah right man
THe mtn blew at 8:30 AM on MAY 18, so how in the world was the band deep into a second set as it blew? Its kinda neat to see an urban myth come alive , and see someone who claims to have been there no less. Too bad it makes for a great synchronicity story about a very heady band but alas its all a BS lie, and so are you mister ashy car. 3 stars for the show not spectacular not bad.
Reviewer: orgle b dorgle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: Fire indeed
the mountain (ST. HELENS) blew as they were jamming during fire!! came out side and ash falling like a dumptruck load of fine sand. A fun show with very HIGH energy!
Reviewer: Frankenoid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: We killed a Pinto
Driving back to Eugene that night. For years I didn't know if the show was so memorable because of the Dead Pinto, or if it was a hot show.

Hearing it again, it was a hot show.
Reviewer: SHRED - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2004
Subject: I was there
We went out to the car after the show. There was St Helen's ash all over it.
Truly a 'Fire on the Mountain' experience!
The band had lots of energy that night.
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